Mariano Rivera just put the Twins down 1-2-3 in the ninth at Yankee Stadium to set the MLB saves record with 602.
[Enter wild applause here.]
Curtis Granderson clubbed his 41st homer and inched closer to the MVP award.
Amazingly, Rivera setting a record isn’t the best news of the afternoon for the Yankees. That’s because the Orioles took the first game of a doubleheader from Red Sox, and Boston’s Wild Card lead over Tampa has shrunk to 1.5. Boston’s lead was nine games on Sept. 3.
[Enter maniacal laughter here.]
Somebody named Kyle Weiland took the loss for Boston. The Red Sox have nine games left and Tampa has 10. As far as collapses go, Boston’s September swoon – 12 losses in 15 games – has to be up there among the worst in MLB history, especially when you consider everyone had Boston going to the World Series back in Spring Training.
Here’s to you, Mo:
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